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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Holmes, Cromartie highlight division moves

By Tim Graham

Tuesday afternoon brought a surge of AFC East roster updates. Teams are scrambling to conduct business before the collective bargaining agreement expires in two days.

The New York Jets have announced they will place the high free-agent tenders on receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

That means (under the current CBA) the team that signed either player would need to compensate the Jets with first- and third-round draft choices. But there's uncertainty over what restricted tenders will mean under the new CBA.

Other Jets are expected to get low tenders.

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, citing unnamed league sources, also reports the Jets will retain running back LaDainian Tomlinson. There was speculation the Jets could part ways with Tomlinson, who will turn 32 before the next season.

Also Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills extended restricted free agent tenders to inside linebacker Paul Posluszny, safety Donte Whitner and tight end Scott Chandler.

Also Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New England Patriots have signed former Bills defensive tackle Marcus Stroud to a two-year deal. ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss wrote an analysis of the move and surmises Stroud likely will be a first- and second-down defensive end in the Patriots' 3-4 base defense.